Need soft ride for 05 Forester LL Bean

Asked by Jun 06, 2016 at 03:07 PM about the 2005 Subaru Forester XS L.L. Bean

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My wife has a bad neck so I need a soft ride. I've never changed struts or springs on my 05 Forester XS LL Bean. Do I need to change both? Other suggestions for a soft ride? Thanks in advance.

10 Answers

13,015

11 years, Change everything out Struts, Premium grade and shocks as well, upgrade spend more for the better quilty equipment. The Forester is not the smoothest riding vehicle, you might want to consider a tire upgrade utilizing a soft compound tire, that '05 Forester runs a 205-60-15 Check forums see what people have to say on tire ride / comfort. Typically the higher the speed rating the better. Regards

6,845

a taller tire will make for a softer ride as well since it will squish more on bumps.. but handling in corners may feel off / soft. This is tough.. I would recommend going to SubaruForester.org or NASIOC and asking. And you may want to find something with a longer wheel base.. check this out: http://www.city- data.com/forum/automotive/2473622-what-gives-car-smooth- ride.html

5,540

C;mon, guys, this is an 11 yr old short wheelbase, too-tall jeep clone that should NOT have kilobucks invested in a new suspension that may not supply much benefit at all. The suggestion to run softish (S or T-rated...NOT H nor V!) at OE pressure is all that can be done. It's a sloppy, brittle ride mostly because the wheelbase it soo short (i.e., aspect ratio is too wonky). Forget asking NASIOC; that's like querying a dairy on their favorite margarine...!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
6,845

haha.. I don't spend any time on NAS.. I hear they're strict but I'd think accurate. One guy in that link I mentioned liked a Sienna.. and heck, they're the only mini-van with AWD these days.

5,540

Yeah, I had to buy a '13 AWD XLE for my daughter after the 3rd grandchild. What a friggin beast! We call it The Ark.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
6,845

Hey Ern, what're your thoughts on the Flex? I think we (wife) would go with the Flex before a sienna (but I like both).

6,845

2sub's any ideas? how's it going?

5,540

I LOVE the Flex! Strongly suggesting my micro-roaster buds get one for their coffee biz.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Thanks for all the good input. I'll change struts for sure. Recommendations on struts? Anything else need changing? Our 05 Forester (LL Bean edition) has too-new-to-replace Goodyear Assurance TripleTred tires (H speed rated maybe) that allegedly climb vertical walls and are softer than a downy dandelion. We drive our cars until they're rusty dust so we're not replacing the car yet. Another solution: I want my wife to get a new neck (but she's out of warranty).

6,845

The struts might be alright but just go with softer springs.. I wondered if I should suggest swift springs because I thought they were stiffer (just cuz that tends to be the norm) but these guys are saying they're a little softer and you get to keep your current struts. Read about them here (but there may be plenty of other threads with more info on them) ::::: http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f70/suspension-ride- qualities-wrx-suspension-vs-swift-springs-48650/

Your Answer

Forester

Looking for a Used Forester in your area?

CarGurus has 33,654 nationwide Forester listings starting at $1,295.

ZIP:

Subaru Forester Experts

  • #1
    Nick Eidemiller
    Reputation
    3,820
  • #2
    walth
    Reputation
    3,200
  • #3
    lifeson34
    Reputation
    2,690
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Outback
406 Great Deals out of 33,618 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda CR-V
802 Great Deals out of 54,164 listings starting at $1,750
Used Toyota RAV4
821 Great Deals out of 50,996 listings starting at $1,500
Used Subaru Impreza
191 Great Deals out of 18,978 listings starting at $2,200
Used Subaru Legacy
219 Great Deals out of 14,235 listings starting at $2,449
Used Toyota 4Runner
291 Great Deals out of 21,637 listings starting at $1,700
Used Ford Escape
1,049 Great Deals out of 86,413 listings starting at $1,088
Used Toyota Highlander
443 Great Deals out of 27,192 listings starting at $1,999
Used Subaru Impreza WRX
51 Great Deals out of 1,273 listings starting at $3,365
Used Honda Accord
1,100 Great Deals out of 61,486 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Tacoma
608 Great Deals out of 42,670 listings starting at $1,500

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Forester For Sale
22,792 listings starting at $19,791
2017 Subaru Forester For Sale
33 Great Deals out of 1,936 listings starting at $19,900
2016 Subaru Forester For Sale
68 Great Deals out of 1,138 listings starting at $14,992
2015 Subaru Forester For Sale
119 Great Deals out of 2,690 listings starting at $11,995
2014 Subaru Forester For Sale
58 Great Deals out of 1,189 listings starting at $8,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.